Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fuller's London Porter is an award-winning example of this historic English style; smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavors derived from the roasted malt.

The griffin Brewery is Chiswick, London, has brewing fine ales since 1654.

The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the U.S. including London Pride pale ale and the Old's original ESB.

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Photo of Mancer
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black, but had a very quick dissipating head and remained non-existent for the life of the beer. Additionally, there was very little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is that of roasted chocolate, a hint of espresso and malts. The initial taste of the beer is that of burnt/roasted chocolate, paving the way for the coffee, espresso, and roasted/burnt caramel malt. The carbonation in this brew seems weak and barely any bubbles are seen half way through drinking this beer. This is without a doubt a beer I will purchase again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany brown to black with ruby hues on the edge (cola colored). Good sized, thick, foamy, creamy light beige head with good retention and leaving a nice lacing.

S - A lot of coffee and roasted/burnt malt. Also a fair amount of caramel and toffee, but not a great amount of chocolate.

T - Rich roasted malt, chocolate and caramel flavors start the sip with a somewhat sweet taste with a little bitter roasted malt. This gives way to a good amount of espresso and coffee flavors along with some more profound roasted malt, giving it a bit more of a bitter taste. The finish has some more of those sweet flavors along with some vanilla, and the coffee still has some presence.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - A very drinkable beer. Good porter tastes with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Easy to drink a number of these in one sitting. Good and easy to drink beer.

Notes: Nice drinkable porter that has a good balance of flavors. A very nice example of a porter, not an amazing beer, but a solid choice that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of sdj5
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Two-finger head that goes down to one-finger head.

S: Roasted malt, scotch

T: Roasted malt, scotch, black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel

M: Medium-body, creamy, not a ton of carbonation

D: I could drink this for quite a while.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty impressed. I was given a couple of these. As I'm not a fan or porters, I wasn't exactly looking forward to them.

It was sensational.

Nice and black with some lacing. Very flavorful. I swear there was some chocolate, but not enough to say it tastes like chocolate. A bit of a smokey flavor, but not too much. not too much sugar either, almost perfect amount. Nice full body...very surprised.

I could see myself drinking a bunch of these. Really nice flavor.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, small head. Smells of rich sweet cream, some vanilla, chocolate, some coffee, tobacco, leather. Tastes of rich malty sweetness with a good amount of chocolate. Some faint fruitiness, coffee and molasses. Earthy and slightly herbal hops brings a slight bitterness leading to roasty elements. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of herbal hops. Decent body, low carbonation.

Just a fantastic English porter, everything reminded me of very rustic elements, but in a very good way, almost nostalgic. I could drink this beer forever.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown with a foamy light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing.

Light coffee, burnt sugar, and charred aromas. Pleasant, but not in your face.

Smooth combination of sweet, charred, and bitter. French roast coffee, some light molasses bite, bitter chocolate, and some brown bread. Light hop bitterness, Light lingering coffee finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, but enough prickly carbonation to keep this from being overly cloying or even mouth coating. Drinks lighter than it is, and is very easy to put down. Nothing overdone or out of balance on this one, and no off flavors at all. Another one of those beers that makes you wonder why you don't drink this more often (too much choice out there I guess). A good reminder that this beer needs to get revisited often.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color with a head that dissiaptes a bit too quickly.

Aromas of raosted malt and dry cocoa, taste delivers the same. A bit undercarbonated perhaps, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel appropriate for the style. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a beer geek in Ontario, Fuller's London Porter is a reliable and immensely drinkable fallback brew, something you can grab with confidence when nothing else sparks your interest. 500ml can from the LCBO poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Blackish brown in colour with sharp ruby hues, a finger of tan head, and dots of lacing. Smell and taste are dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, toffee, cream, and a mild hop bitterness that resembles an English pale. Burnt grains and ash in the finish, very subtle. After a few sips, I get some nuts and molasses on the nose. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and chocolaty, on the full side of medium-bodied. This has much less dryness and roast than your typical porter, but that's not a bad thing. A tasty drinker from a brewer that never disappoints.

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Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is the second Fuller's that i have had in so many days. All that i can say is: Fuller's don't fuck around.

A: Stout opaque black with ruby outlines. Uno finger tan head that sticks around pretty well with some bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow! Und yummy! Smokey molasses. Hints of burning sage. Unique and enjoyable.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted, and Brown malts out the wazoo. This is malt city. Perhaps the slightest wee bit of Fuggles hops in there. i get just a smattering of hop flavor but all of the bitter and dryness. A good brew. I also detect some serious Old ale notes in here as well. Bitter and maybe a wee bit off putting compared to how wunderbar the initial flavors go.

M: Very light bodies, but hey like I said before this brew doesn't fuck around. This doesn't deter the overall-ness of it all.

D: Very drinkable, but it gets kind of gluey and metallic in the late stages of aftertaste.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is, to me, a paradigm of the style.

G - Williams-Sonoma haughty mug.

A - Luxurious deep coffee brown, nearly impermeable to light, with a thick tan head that recedes into serious lacing.

S - Great coffee and cocoa tones emanate from this obviously decadent brew.

T - Greatly flavorful. Initially there are very strong notes of roasted grain; they are then balanced by an appearance of a pale malt flavor coupled with a light aromatic hop, ending with a brief sweetness before the resurgence of the roasted flavors. There is a lingering hop aftertaste that is hard to pinpoint because it couples with the roastiness. Just a great, complex brew.

M - Full and rich and creamy.

D - This is a superb brew on any occasion.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- moderate white head foams up on the pour, dark brown to black that when held up to the light can be seen through

Smell- the overwhelming smell to me on this one is lots of coffee and espresso notes, very overall malty and roasted malt smell, smell is overall quite nice

Taste- very strong coffee notes dominate the front and then is ridden out to a dry finish, the flavor is pretty long and lasting overall, and its not as sweet and malty as I would have expected on the nose, roasted malts and very slight dark chocolate notes, I do find this beer to be rather complex and it grows on you a bit as you go and the beer warms a bit up, the dry finish really provides a solid backbone and long finish,

Mouthfeel- drying finish with a very light to at most medium body weight

Drinkability- a very nice session brew, its not to heavy but not to light either, its certainly up there with some of my favorite porters, its a boat load more complex then the taddy porter but there is something about the extreme drinkability of the taddy that brings me back to that too but this is what I would go for if I was something a little more complex to sip a little slower, a fine offering from a fantastic brewery

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a deep, dark brown with a slim khaki cap of foam.
Bringing the glass to the nose reveals notes of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Underlying roasted chocolate malts as well as a distinctly sweet smell peer through as well.
The roasted barley tastes are first and foremost in the taste. Fairly sweet with just a bit of bitterness from the roast. A bit of a coffee aftertaste. The carbonation is just a little harsh for the style , IMO. Sweet, medium-bodied, and ridiculously smooth; this porter is delightfully drinkable.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the hand pump at Tap and Mallet.

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a thin ring of off-white head. Foamy lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh roasted coffee mixed with cream and sweetener dominate the aroma. Vanilla and mixed dark malts add to a great smelling beer.

T: Not quite as good as I was hoping after the great nose; but still nice nonetheless. Espresso and roasted malt are really the only flavors I can pick out of this one. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: The epitome of smooth! If you could turn silk into a drink, this is what it would feel like.

D: Not the best tasting porter I've ever had, but the smoothness of the cask version is, simply put, amazing. Give this one a try regardless, but especially if you have a chance to taste the cask version.

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Photo of biglite351
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with nice foam.

S - I really liked the smell of this one . It made me want to drink the brew. I can not say that about any other beer to this point.

T - starts pit very well. Rich and full. The flavor relatively vanishes after a few seconds though. While a lack of bad after taste is a good thing, no after taste at all is very odd.

M - no tingled.

D - this is a beer that you don't mind having another of.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany body turns ruby against the light. All the retention and lacing you could ask for.

Nutty, roasty, chocolaty aromas seduce the nostrils.
And then I took a sip...

I went through a Fullers/Sammy Smith/Youngs kick a few years back. I remembered that this was a wonderful beer, but...DAMN! I love Taddy Porter, but this has to be the best English Porter out there. A layer of caramel over a layer of cocoa atop a layer of roasted pecans. Nice fruity bitterness on the finish. All the creamy, smooth deliciousness you could ask for in a beer. A liquid lesson in beer history.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-size head of light espresso brown atop a dark body. A little tinge of red as I hold it up to the light, and a bit of lacing around the glass, but the strength is in the head.

Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with some fruity smells also exhibited, which is not unusual for many English ales, even if this is a roasty porter. Ahhhh, quite nice.

Wow! Now I know where that delicious coffee flavor found in so many porters is inspired from. This is incredible. Plenty of coffee goodness, a little cocoa, some creamer, and a slight quantity of baked breadiness. A wide flavor spectrum that comes together like the Constructicons forming Devastator.

The mouthfeel is light and tingly, with some thickness on the palate as I swish. Almost as soft as a good oatmeal stout.

Overall, I can see why this receives the top rating it does on BA. For an English ale, it's intense yet balanced without being too overpowering. I could consume at least three of these in a row and probably come back for a fourth or fifth. A highly session-able and complex beer. Cheers Fuller's!

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Photo of erz316
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

better head than the bottle. good dark brown colour. abundant dark roasted malts with a strong dark chocolate backbone, a little coffee behind the chocolate with even less caramel notes in the far back. the taste is a close version of the nose. initial notes are coffee and some maltiness; there is also some caramilzed sweetness in the elusive midground.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black with ruby highlights. Small head fades to a thin sparse layer of bubbles. Tidy lacing.

Intense toffee and charcoal in the nose. Background Xmas fruits.

Big toasted malts dominate initially, some whole grain cereal and a touch of sweet. Lingering dryness of hops and charcoal.

Gorgeous medium full body mostly from malt with minor carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoy contemplating a couple of pints of this bad boy over a few hours.

Currently my favourite English dark ale. Hope it comes in cask somewhere nearby.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, clear rosewood with amber highlights and a whipped, dense head of fine cream colored head that leaves silky sheets of blonde lace on the glass. The nose is roasty and rich with dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla bean. Nice roasted malty flavors with cocoa and black coffee. Silky smooth and medium light bodied with mild carbonation. This is by far the best "pub can" offering I've ever had.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black brown with a quarter inch mostly white slightly tan head which leaves little lacing
S-strong choclate presence with a hint of coffee maybe a liqourice in the background to bring balance to the choclate flavor
T-very rich taste huge chocolate and a nice bitterness from the chocolate notes and a bit of hops very rich for a porter with a perfect balance one of my favorite beers for the style
M-medium/light body with a generous carbonation though it seems a bit watery to me which is the only downside to this beer IMO
D-pretty drinkable very strong taste not too heavy definately sessionable and while it seems a bit light in the mouth it is as the bottle says rich, complex, and dark and not over the top

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Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm creamy head.

S - Mostly a mixture of toasts, chocolate & coffee at first. Another whiff and I pick up yeasty aromas.

T - Dark chocolate and toasts with a hint of coffee and some hops in the finish.

M - Very creamy and satisfying.

D - Not my favourite style of beer but I still found it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

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Photo of danielharper
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coming from the can the liquid is a muddy brown, but it settles into a nice dark roasted color in the glass, opaque but with a somewhat "thin" look. A thick foam settles on top and sticks around. About as nice a presentation as one could ask for.

S: Aroma is sweet, chocolatey, lots of black patent malt. Hints of dryness, slightly oaty, maybe even a touch of astringency. Approachable.

T: Flavor is similar, lots of roasted malts with a significant astringency on the backend. Slightly sweet in the aftertaste, lots of licorice.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a mild carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D: Overall this is a very nice, even a world-class English Porter. Not that I'm saying anything new about the beer. I'd love to be able to get this on cask one day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Head is one finger of compact tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: very nice, smooth chocolate/coffee aroma. True, they are the standard aromas of a good porter, but in this case they are melded very well. To me this beer smells like a mocha truffle -- a good thing indeed.

Taste: flavor is very good; a nice realization of the aroma. The aftertaste is just like the aroma: a delicious mocha truffle. Up front we get a little more chocolate and even some nice floral hops. Bitterness is not too high, and complements the flavor very well. Despite its candylike flavor, this beer is not too sweet. I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess despite the relatively low carbonation. The folks at Fuller's have done well.

Drinkability: this is one smooth, delicious porter. I will have to find a regular source for this, as it is simply wonderful.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.54/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best example of black marker in a beer! Pours a mostly black color with a red hue around the edges. A soft off white head with decent retention. Did not last through the full tasting.

The nose has a mix of malt, roast and distinct black marker. I think this is more of an English black malt thing. Some minor yeast notes. Some minor esters but light. A hint of herbal and earthy hops but light.

The taste really has the distinct black marker taste. The malt comes out with a caramel and light coffee notes. But in the finish the marker flavor hides a lot. Some minor yeast notes and a like vegi taste that lingers in the finish. Some earthy hop notes that balances well.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a touch more depth but still good. Overall, the black marker thing is off setting. I know I am sensitive to it so leave it at that.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,631 ratings.
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